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Fish fry tradition changes during the pandemic

Posted at 12:25 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 19:22:38-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Today marks the first Friday of the Lenten season.

For many area churches, that means it's also the start of fish fry season.

Last year, the pandemic pretty much wiped out traditional fish fries, which many churches and community groups use to help fund other programs.

This year looks to be different, with several churches and cultural centers taking part.

See Also: A list of Omaha area Lenten fish frys adapting to the pandemic

The Croatian Cultural Center in Bellevue usually has 500 people who show up and celebrate.

They are prepared for a slightly smaller crowd and have switched to a pick-up only system, but they say they are prepared for the 500 if they choose to show up.

“It is vital to our existence and the sustainability of the club, pay bills, donate to charities, Croatian orphanages, to ensure that we can spread it out as best we can,” said John Kresnik, president of the Croatian Cultural Society of Omaha.

They say even though COVID-19 forced them to change things up a bit, it is important to continue with the celebration.

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